Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Joe's last name?

2. Where do the men bring the sheriff from, in Chapter 2?

3. Why is Spunk seen as a hero?

4. What town is this story based upon?

5. From whose point of view is the story told?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

2. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

3. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

4. Why do you think the court decided that Spunk acted out of self-defense?

5. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

6. What does the black bobcat represent?

7. Who narrates the final chapter? Is this effective?

8. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

9. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

10. Why does Spunk move Lena into the Bradley house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to the climax. How did characters respond to the climax? What did Hurston include in the story to insure that the climax would be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

Essay Topic 2

How would you describe the development of the relationship between Lena and Spunk? Why do you think Lena becomes so quickly attached to him? What benefits do both characters derive from the relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Spunk and Lena are in love? What about Joe and Lena? Support your opinions with specific examples from the novel.

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